- The definition of a funnel is a cone-shaped utensil with openings at the base and the tip.
An example of funnel is what people use to add motor oil to their car without spilling.
Water being poured through a funnel into a bottle.
- an instrument consisting of an inverted cone with a hole at the small end, or a tapering or cylindrical tube with a wide, cone-shaped mouth, for pouring liquids and powders into containers that have small openings
- a thing shaped like a funnel
- a cylindrical smokestack, as of a steamship
- a chimney or flue
Origin of funnelMiddle English fonel ; from (prob. via an Old French form) ProvenÃ§al fonilh, enfonilh ; from Classical Latin fundibulum, infundibulum, a funnel ; from infundere, to pour in ; from in-, in- + fundere, to pour: see found
- a. A conical utensil having a small hole or narrow tube at the apex and used to channel the flow of a substance, as into a small-mouthed container.b. Something resembling this utensil in shape.
- A shaft, flue, or stack for ventilation or the passage of smoke, especially the smokestack of a ship or locomotive.
verbfun·neled, fun·nel·ing, fun·nels or fun·nelled or fun·nel·ling
- To take the shape of a funnel.
- To move through or as if through a funnel: tourists funneling slowly through customs.
- To cause to take the shape of a funnel.
- To cause to move through or as if through a funnel.
Origin of funnelMiddle English fonel, from Provençal fonilh, from Late Latin fundibulum, from Latin īnfundibulum, from īnfundere, to pour in; see infuse.
(third-person singular simple present funnels, present participle funnelling or funneling, simple past and past participle funnelled or funneled)
Old English funel, fonel, probably through Old French, from Latin fundibulum, infundibulum (“funnel”), from infundere (“to pour in”); in (“in”) + fundere (“to pour”); compare Breton founil (“funnel”), Welsh ffynel (“air hole, chimney”). See fuse.